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the vatican today as tens of thousands crowded st. peter's square for one of pope benedict xvi final public appearances. the pope will set step down 11 days from now, setting in motion the search for a new leader and maybe a new direction for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican tonight with more. anne? >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight, the pope is on a week-long lenten retreat inside the vatican with the days of his papacy numbered. now, every public appearance of benedict's is a must-see event. for more than 50,000 people, this was the only place to be, a global villageful the faithful and curious in st. peter's square to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> as soon as he resigned, i knew i definitely wanted to come and witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thaddius howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted to let the pope know that he is supported by all of us from america. >> reporter: in six different languages, benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me. >> reporter:? german, he s
the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
. >> -- and all that matters. >> a new report says that benedict's hearing has deteriorated and he's got blind in the left eye. >> the conclave may start earlier. >> could you be the next nominee? >> that enters the world of fantasy. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit from a passenger aboard the carnival cruise ship. >> finally one of those vacations that will be remembered as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan plans to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah, good morning, charlie. white house officials say what they really want is for the senators from both sides to write a new law to reform immigration. they denied that they're trying to politicize the process. president obama's newly pointed chief of staff said sunday that the white house is working on a plan of its own to deal with the 11 million undocument
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
pope benedict xvi. today's blessing comes as the vatican considers moving up the date to find his replacement. we're live in st. peter's square. >>> and the drama surrounding former senator chuck hagel, the president's choice for defense secretary. his nomination in limbo, were even though many suspect he will eventually be confirmed. why are they making this process so difficult? we'll talk to david gregory and get analysis 06 that. >>> plus, have you ever wondered what it's like to train as a g man? >> i have wondered 245. >> well, you're sitting next to the right guy. i was in quantico, virginia. they deal with a car stop, hand-to-hand combat. and what we learned about fighting crime and you were brushing up on your car knowledge. >> i was. i was doing a little bit of that. we hear women don't know what much about cars. we get a bad rap. one woman who knows a lot about cars wants to change that perception. i spent a day changing oil. as part of a unique class designed for women by a woman. its goal is to make both our cars and the repair shop a little less intimidating. >> i wo
pope benedict xvi give his final blessing. he will pray the last angelus of his pontificate. tens of thousands, if not 100,000 there in vatican square. no real surprise. after eight years on his pontificate standing down the announcement february 11th saying he would resign. we'll see him in general audience on wednesday and then he will leave here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards the promised land, but towards heaven. this is a possible temptation to stop the mystic experience.
. >>> pope benedict xvi delivers his final sunday blessing. what he had to say to thousands at st. peter square. >>> an historic day at the daytona 500. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> and hello, everyone. i'm heather holmes. dozens of people are figuring out their next steps tonight after a fast-moving fire tore through their apartment building in san francisco. kara is live at the scene and tells us it was police officers who first spotted the smoke. >> reporter: that's right. the officers were headed to another call when they saw smoke coming from this apartment building. just a few hours ago, this entire intersection was shut down. right now you can see a red cross truck parked out front. volunteers are helping those displaced by the fire. some 40 people were forced to evacuate the five--story apartment building just before noon. >> cops screaming and banging on doors. we told them we were coming, and they're saying, no, now, now, now! we're trying to throw on clothes. i'm still scared. >> re
: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefuln
pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
. >> all that. >> and another for carmelo anthony. >> and all that matters. >> a new report says benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he's even gone blind in his left eye. >> the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than expected. >> could you be the nominee? >> that enters into the world of fantasy. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit has been filed by one of the passengers on board that damaged carnival cruise ship. >> finally ending the vacation that couples aboard will forever remember as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan congressional plans for immigration reform to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning out west. the leaked white house plan does provide a path to citizenship after eight years. but white house officials say that what they really want is for senators from both parties
. lester? >> michelle, thanks. >>> tomorrow at the vatican, pope benedict xvi will offer a final public blessing before he retires next thursday. as cardinals gather for the election of a new pope, the vatican today was sharply critical of a wave of reports in the italian media. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican. good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it was an unusually strong rebuke from the vatican for going after the media for running false news reports, they claim, to influence the election of the next pope. now, this pushback came after several unsourced stories in an italian newspaper this week claim pope benedict decided to resign after receiving a secret report in december outlining corruption and misconduct inside the vatican. church officials here denied that story and today the vatican secretary of state issued a statement saying, it is deplorable that there are unverified, unverifiable, and completely false news stories that harm persons or institutions. now, while all this was going on, pope benedict after his week-long lenten retreat was getting back
in his life is also charged in the death of a woman. >> plus pope benedict xvi retires this week on thursday. this morning tenfs thousands of catholic faithful turned out for his final sunday blessing. and as he prepares to leave, there's one more scandal overshadowing the vatican. i'll kira klapper live in san francisco. i'll have what they >> in one of his last acts as pontiff, pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing from the vatican this morning. his retirement is stirring up rumors and the church is fighting back. kira klapper is live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. kira. >> katie, they are here and many haven't heard the reports overnight the pope is resigning so quickly to avoid any fallout from the scandal of sexual abuse. he said s resigning because of advancing age and says he will still serve the church with the same dedication but he said he will do so at a way more suitable to his age. they gathered in saint peter's square for closeness and affection. [foreign language of] >> meanwhile in los angeles yesterday cardinal roger mahoney testified under oath ab
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
will talk about how this could impact oscar pistorius's murder case. >>> and today was pope benedict xvis a -- last public prayer before he retires. the vatican is strongly denouncing italian media reports that gay priests at the vatican were being blackmailed by male prostitutes. i will speak to a journalist who covers the vatican later on this hour. >>> back in this country, a winter storm is slamming colorado right now. forecasters say denver could get up to ten inches of snow. the storm moves on to the plain states tomorrow and in the northeast, it's a pretty messy weekend there as well. this is what manchester, new hampshire, looks like. lots of wet, heavy snow. about 6,000 homes and businesses are now without power. >>> hollywood heavyweights are getting red carpet ready for the oscars. the 85th annual academy awards gets under way about three hours from now. and this year could be one for the record books. we will explain why in just a few moments, live from hollywood. >>> all right. back to daytona. can danica patrick race her way to victory lane? that's the question of the hour a
benedict xvi no longer is the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics. his resignation the first of any pope in nearly 600 years took effect a couple hours ago. christiane amanpour is joining us. benedict ended his reign a couple of hours ago. what's it like now? what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, listen, i think people are taking it in stock and moving forward but i must say a couple of hours ago when 2:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local, the swiss guard, the traditional guard that protects the pope walked inside, closed the doors when he was at castel go gandolfo and you got that sense of finality t, it's been very dramatic when he flew in his helicopter, landed there, came out on the balcony of the summer residence and told people, i am no longer pope today. i am just a pilgrim. all of a sudden the emotion and enormity of what happened, because it's a precedent-setting event, all of that set in and you saw the pope look almost -- i don't know. almost relieved when he gave his last blessing. having looked very tired in morning in his meeting with the cardinals and yesterday durin
here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards the promised land, but towards heaven. this is a possible temptation to stop the mystic experience. on the mountain had christ who had soul the spirit and should have gone down in fatigue and pain and fighting him. from these fragments the teaching and importance and supremacy of prayer without this and in this land we have to give the sense, the right sense to prayer, to personal prayer and also community prayer to inspire our special life i
, for a manager. >> benedict's successor will need to make his mark by bringing order to the religious version of corporate chaos. allen pizzey cbs news rome. >> jeff: we are joined now by "washington post" reporter jason horowitz who has been following the politics of the vatican. jason, allen called this a sort of corporate chaos. in your estimation what kind of shape is the vatican in right now? >> well with the vatican we're talking about a 2,000-year-old institution. and it operates literally behind closed walls. so the power games that you see in any institution are much more fierce there because there's no turn over. people have been plotting and looking for power for a very long time. so in benedict you will someone who at the end of his papasee tried to introduce some reforms that would perhaps create some more transparency and root out some of what some called corruption there. he appointed one archbishop a fellow named to do this. and he took the mission to heart and actually sought out what he called corruption. and instead he faced entrenched opposition and was actually essentiall
, the archbishop of manila. said to be close to pope benedict. at 55 he could be considered too young to be pope. cardinal peter turkson of ghana is said to be africa's top candidate. he is 64 years old and head of the vatican justice and if chosen he would become the first modern black pope. well, there is speculation that the next pope may be selected from latin america, home, as i said, to the largest number of catholics in the world. we're joined now by miguel diaz who served as the first hispanic u.s. ambassador to the vatican. sir, we thank you for joining us here in rome. what is a fairly cold morning. we are waiting behind me at the vatican pope benedict xvi, give his final blessing of his papacy as he says the angelous prayer. we will hear the bells ring. in about five or six minutes' time, before that happens, let's just talk about what happens next. who do you see as most likely to become pope before one assumes t the sunday this march? >> greetings from dayton, to the eternal city. thank you for having me this morning. you know, i've said that what we need to be thinking is not so mu
daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
repairing the fence to insure today's race would go on. >>> today was pope benedict xvi's last public prayer before he retires. thousands gathered in vatican city to hear him speak. the pontiff assured the crowd that although he's retiring, he isn't going to abandon the church, but will dedicate his time to prayer and meditation. now to a scandal surrounding the catholic church, italian media are reporting on allegations of a network of gay priests at the vatican. blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. meanwhile, an american cardinal says he intends to help select the new pope despite a petition that he not be allowed to do so. the l.a. archdiocese relieved cardinal roger mahoney of public duties after it was revealed he plotted to conceal child molestation priests. meanwhile, four priests have accused of a scottish cardinal of inappropriate behavior. they have reported cardinal keith o'brien to the vatican. the cardinal has denied the allegations. >>> hollywood's most celebrated actors are getting ready for the red carpet at the oscars, the 85th annual academy awards gets under way a
. >> plus pope benedict retires in a few days. as he prepares to leave there's one more scandal overshadowing the vatican. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >> welcome back, everybody. good morning. we are starting this half-hour off with a quick look at the weather. here's lisa argen. >> good morning to you. this is a live look at emeryville this morning. some neighborhoods are starting out milder and that's because of the strong northerly winds. it's allowing for the temperatures toasty up near 50 degrees this morning and oakland. in san francisco and elsewhere we are dropping into the 30s from the north and east bay valleys. range from the mid-30s to the lower 50s with clear con
flying into the grandstands causing serious injuries. >>> pushing back. as pope benedict prepares to step down, the vatican lashes out over media reports and speculation on why he's retiring. and about some of those who might replace him. >>> and, shaking it up. on how a song makes it to the top of the charts. some say it's about time. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we begin with a developing story from daytona beach, florida, where late this afternoon a race car smashed into the fence and sent debris flying into the grandstands. it happened on the eve of the daytona 500 on the final lap of a nationwide series race. at least a dozen people were taken to the hospital. nbc's janet shamlian is in daytona with the latest for us tonight. january the net, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. it was a jaw-dropping multi-car crash in five-day forecast grandstand on the final lap of this race. the rookie kyle larsen's car went into the fence, his engine caught fire, then spectators say they saw large chunks of debris flying high into the stands. many say
the crowd to pray for the next pope who will be selected a few weeks after pope benedict steps down. >>> wikileaks founder is trying an unusual method of avoiding prosecution. he's running for office. he believes that if he wins, the u.s. would drop its espionage investigation against him. he is accused of sex crimes in sweden. he's currently in london england where he was granted asylum. >>> a man charged with slapping a toddler on an airplane is out of a job this morning. >> he was let go, agc aerospace has announced that joe huntley is no longer employed. the idaho man is charged with slapping a 2-year-old toddler and calling him a racial slur during a recent delta flight. >> i could not believe that he would say something like that, and to a baby, or about a baby, and then to hit him was just, i felt like i was in another world. i was shaking. >> this former employer called the allegations "offensive and disturbing ." his lawyer says he will plead not guilty to the assault charges. >>> it's koby versus lebron, the east takes on the west in t
before pope benedict xvi steps down, some major newspapers in italy are printing details of an investigation that links senior catholic leaders to a church cover-up. full details when we're live from rome in just a few minutes here on cnn. >>> a fierce winter storm is headed right for the northeast. parts of vermont, new hampshire, maine and massachusetts can expect up to 10 inches of snow. and rain will soak most of the east coast from washington, d.c. to the south. boston will get a slushy mix of rain and snow. the city still cleaning up after that big blizzard that hit two weeks ago. >>> next, the deadly silence that surrounds suicide. one family's heartbreaking story. >>> suicide is such a taboo subject. one man found the courage to go public about his older brother's suicide after mindy mccready ended her life. "usa today" editor john siniff wrote about losing his brother, ted. he wrote this, i knew that he'd been battling debilitating back pain, alcoholism, drug abuse for years. i ache, still as i recall his sad eyes. and we can't keep looking the other way. john jo
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116 cardinals who will be meeting in the next few weeks in rome or rather in the vatican city to elect the next pope. fredricka in. >> in general, are people taking this report seriously throughout rome, or is th
, but whether does not seem to be a factor. changes are being felt around the world as pope benedict xvi finishes up his last week at the vatican. at the end of this month, his official twitter account will close down. he has more than 2 million followers. it is likely he will send his last tweet every 27, the day before he leaves the vatican. the dalai lama will deliver a lecture on may 7th at the comcast center. the chairman of the lecture for peace series says the dalai lama has been a voice for compassion during turbulent times. previous addresses have been andvered by kofi annan nelson mandela. still to come, home improvements for the ravens. >> the weather pattern set up here is good for a few storms over the next week or two. >> we have a winner. a frederick county woman has come forward with the winning animated-millions ticket. she wants to remain anonymous. the jackpot was estimated at $20 million. she chose the cash option, which means she will take home about $12 million after taxes. she says she plans to retire and by a beach house. congratulations to her. earlier in the wee
in december. the italian reports without atr atribution, they say the real reason that benedict resigned was because the three investigating cardinals uncovered far more salacious comments. church officials steered the conversation away from the sexual abuse scandal. today in los angeles, cardinal roger mahony testified under oath about allegations that he actively concealed the crimes of pedophile priests. one was accused of molesting 26 boys in 1987, he fled to mexico after mahony's top aide warned him that police would investigate. the idea that cardinal mahony should help choose the next pope is an outrage say the people who were sexually abused by priests in los angeles. >> it's absolutely mind-boggling to me how this continues to go on and mahony should be jailed. >> reporter: but the vatican says that voting in the conclave is a sacred duty, despite any worldly scandals. >> i don't think many of the cardinals in rome are very concerned about mahony voting because they consider him a member of the fraternity. >> reporter: mahoney tweeted his excitement about heading to the vatican.
in this morning for randi kaye. last hour, pope benedict xvi gave his final angelus prayer in front of a massive crowd and also included a personal message. we heard him tell the crowd that he's not abandoning the church and that he's going to spend more time praying and meditating. ben wedemen is at st. peter's square at vatican city. ben, how are people reacting there? >> people are reacted very positively. we had well over 100,000 people in st. peter's square and the area around it, the city of rome had provided additional security, additional buses to bring the people here. there were pilgrims from all over the place. we heard the pope addressing the people in st. peter's square in italian and french and spanish and portuguese and spanish. a very large crowd. when he finished his address in all those language, a very loud applause to pope benedict. he only has five days left before he officially steps down as pope at 8:00 p.m. on the 28th of february. susan? >> ben, are people speculating more about why the pope is resigning? i know he said it has something to do with his health, but there i
, the vatican announces what could be the first change once pope benedict xv steps down. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ woman ] looks like another glorious week in florida. ♪ ♪ that...was...awesome. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] how do you make your family vacation this epic? go to visitflorida.com. quakes in the coming days, the world will focus on the vatican. >> the preparations for the conclave are already under way. suzanne kennedy joins us to tell us about the preparations. >> these are the final days the archbishop will be in washington, d.c. he is spending them in prayer and reflection. he offers praise as he celebrates one of his last masses before leaving for the vatican. today, the archbishop of marked the feast of st. peter at the cathedral of saint matthew. during his homily, the cardinal reflected on the shock many catholics experienced when they learned pope benedict xvi was stepping down. >> we are able to recognize that our holy father's action speaks to us of his greatness. >> this is the first time in modern history a pope has resigned. it is also the first time the cardi
between 15 and 20 days after pope benedict steps down at the end of the month. the vote could be held earlier than planned. joining me now from rome, nbc news vapt cannon list george weigel. it is very good to see you. as we get to the process of selecting the new pope, how soon can that begin and do you hear these reports as well that it may go earlier than expected? >> i do. i prankly think that's a very wise idea. the 15 to 20-day provision in the current constitution that govern it is election of a pope, was created to allow time for a i did any tied funeral mass, a period of mourning for the deceased pope, and a set of meetings among the cardinals and then the enclosure of the conclave. of course, there is no funeral this time. so when the seat becomes vacant at 8:00 p.m. rome time february 28, i would imagine, indeed i would hope, that about a week would pass before the conclave would be enclosed and the voting process would begin. this is simply a matter of amending the apostolic constitution which is the pope can do or he can assign the authority to the dean of the college of
have spoken to feels that the curia has really done a disservice to pope benedict xvi, and i think what was clear in that washington post article is that his butler gave those documents over to the investigative reporter here in italy not as a way to hurt pope benedict but, rather, to show all the infighting and betrayal that goes -- that has gone on in the curia and that was an impediment to the reforms that benedict tried to put in place. the big focus of his papacy has been the re-evangilization to get catholics particularly in western europe and in north america excited again about their faith. to say anything that the next pope needs to clean house -- >> it's a communication strategy, something this pope hasn't had. andrea. >> ann thompson. >> for the tenth anniversary of the iraq war. it's been a decade, and tonight msnbc is air this documentary -- in this excerpt prosecute the film congress votes to give president bush the authority to launch a war against iraq when his secretary of state colin powell has the doubts on that war. >> joint resolution is passed. without objection --
benedict xvi steps down, some major newspapers in italy are printing details of an investigation that links senior catholic leaders to a church cover-up. full details when we're live from rome in just a few minutes here on cnn. >>> a fierce winter storm is headed right for the northeast. parts of vermont, new hampshire, maine and massachusetts can expect up to 10 inches of snow. and rain will soak most of the east coast from washington, d.c. to the south. boston will get a slushy mix of rain and snow. the city still cleaning up after that big blizzard that hit two weeks ago. >>> next, the deadly silence that surrounds suicide. one family's heartbreaking story. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] what's the point of an epa estimated 42 miles per gallon if the miles aren't interesting? the lexus ct hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. progress-oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons people are saying "progress-oh!" share your progress-oh! story on facebook. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar
benedict give his final sunday address. [ cheering and applause ]. . >> the pontiff delivered his final blessings to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking st. peter square. he says he's retiring to spend his final years in prayer. he's stepping down on thursday, the first pope to do so in 600 years. >>> and cardinals from around the world are now arriving in rome to elect the next pope but the decision will be made amid scandal italian media is saying some priests are being black mailed. the vatican says the scandal is false. >>> the academy awards was hosted by sets mcfarland. a lot of people talking about the fashions on the red carpet arrivals. a lot of people talking about ann hathaway's dress there. the film amour was honored for best foreign film. when we get the other winners we'll pass them on to you on eyewitness news. >>> also to come tonight a big blanket of snow, colorado is covered, drivers feeling the pain. what forecasters are predicting tonight. >>> oscar pistorius isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. the stunning new charges against hi
insides set the tone. stay in the groove with align. >> there's a live look at pope benedict xvi delivering a call to prayer at the vatican. one of his final appearances before he resigns the end of this month. our next guest met the pope when he was cardinal ratzinger, and he predicted that he would succeed pope john paul ii. >> joining us is from the school of law. >> glad to be with you. >> one of my first questions, we think about the catholic church, it's been underfire and i know that you are very concerned about the moral decline of the world in general. so, when you think about the next pope, you've got to have to have somebody who will adapt and adhere to the catholic belief system. >> that's right, and i'm confident that the conclave will pick someone like that, an extremely good successor not just to benedict, but john paul iv. ap they had the history, the back-to-back, and i think there are a lot of cardinals out there who could fill those shoes. >> since you have an accurate track record of predicting the next pope, who is in the running? >> well, i'm not sure that i
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